Juniperus virginiana 'Grey Owl'

Tried and Trouble-free Recommended by 7 Professionals
Common Name: red cedar
Type: Needled evergreen
Family: Cupressaceae
Zone: 2 to 9
Height: 2.00 to 3.00 feet
Spread: 4.00 to 6.00 feet
Bloom Time: Non-flowering
Bloom Description: Non-flowering
Sun: Full sun
Water: Medium
Maintenance: Low
Suggested Use: Hedge
Leaf: Evergreen
Attracts: Birds
Fruit: Showy
Other: Winter Interest
Tolerate: Deer, Drought, Erosion, Dry Soil, Shallow-Rocky Soil, Black Walnut, Air Pollution


Easily grown in average, medium, well-drained soil in full sun. Tolerant of a wide variety of soils. Also tolerant of wind and of many city air pollutants.

Noteworthy Characteristics

This eastern red cedar cultivar is a broad, slow-growing, evergreen shrub with a compact, wide-spreading habit which typically grows up to 3' tall (infrequently larger) and to 6' wide. Features scale-like, silver gray foliage. A female form which produces profuse, glaucous, berry-like cones which are attractive to birds. This plant may be a hybrid, but it is usually listed for sale as a cultivar of Juniperus virginiana.


Susceptible to bagworms and cedar apple rust. Resists Phomopsis twig blight.

Garden Uses

Specimen, shrub border or hedge. Mass for windbreaks or screens.